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About the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting | (605) 677-5861

The Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting supports the mission of SDPB through effective advocacy and fundraising from our members, donors and corporate partners. As a general rule, the Friends of SDPB pays for the majority of the programming expenses for both SDPB TV and Radio.

Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists solely to support the mission of SDPB. We are governed by a volunteer board of twenty-one citizens from across the state.

Friends Board of Directors

President, Karen Mortimer, Rapid City
Vice-President, Katrin Profilet, Sioux Falls
Secretary, Janet F Hovey-Johnson, Sioux Falls
Treasurer, Gene Ellenson, Huron
Executive Director, Julie Overgaard, Vermillion


Tashina Banks-Rama, Pine Ridge
Vernon Brown, Sioux Falls
Roberta (Bobbie) Clark, Mitchell
Kara Flynn, Rapid City
Michael Goodroad, Lead
Susan Halter-Jones, Watertown
Tom Hurlbert, Sioux Falls
Carole Johnson, Brookings
Kay Jorgensen, Spearfish
Katrina Lehr-McKinney, Sioux Falls
Paula Long Fox, Rapid City
Mike Mueller, Pierre
Tamara Pier, Rapid City
Ron Roehr, Milbank
Tim Schorn, Vermillion
Josh VanLaecken, Aberdeen

Friends Staff

Major Giving

Individual Giving

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Operations